This project is made possible through the generous donations of money,
time and materials from the following people. If you would like more
information about supporting this work, please
click here for more information. We
would like to thank all these people for their generous support!
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Donated Materials (Presented in alphabetical order of donor's
donated several issues of rare Porter Seed Company catalogs from 1940s
to the 1960s. She is a Texas-based organic gardening writer. Check out her site (which contains issues of her "Homegrown" magazine)
as well as many other resources for Texas gardeners.
Barbara Barth donated a bunch of lithographed seed catalog
covers and pages that she had acquired. Barbara sells on eBay as
blynne. Be sure to check out her auctions from time to time.
- They specialize in hard to find, out of print, used, and rare books. Sold us a several of the books in the "Principal American Varieties"
series at a discount.
Mark Futterman - Mark's contribution of content to the library, in the form of 33 bankers
boxes of rare and interesting book titles, is our largest to date, (02/21/23). It is an amazing
contribution and we feel a profound responsibility to be proper
stewards of his life's work. Read more about the collection by
Jere Graham, from Traverse City, Michigan, contacted us in
December of 2018 looking for a new home for the complete collection of
Yearbook of Agriculture
volumes (1893 - 1992) that he had collected over the past fifty years.
He packed up over sixty pounds of books, four large boxes worth and
shipped them out to our care.
R. Huber - Jim had been interested in agricultural history for
years. He was a motivating force behind the republication of
A. W. Livingston's book, "Livingston and the Tomato". Within the local Reynoldsburg, Ohio area, he was involved with
the Livingston House and worked with a local state historical
farm. He donated many catalog page scans. Jim passed away
in February of 2004.
Murphy has donated a collection of old USDA agriculture bulletins
from the 1920s and 1930s. Her connection to farming goes back
several generations and her father sold seed corn back in the 1950s. Jane sells interesting items on eBay under the name
Pearson of California who donated several
old seed catalogs in
memory of his Aunt Emmy (Pearson) Roebeck. Emmy had save
these catalogs from the 1930s and early 1940s and Wayne thankfully
saved them from being discarded, located us and donated them to the
Pendergrass donated an HP ScanJet scanner. A very critical
part of getting the public domain hardcopies of our library converted. (Refer to
biographical information below)
Phroper donated a collection of nursery business ephemera
with examples from the 1940s into the 1960s. Companies
represented include Henry Field, Wagoner, Benton County Nurseries,
Ozark Nurseries, East's, The Lehman Gardens, Fairbury, Yager, Farmer
Seed & Nursery, Swedburg, Columbia & Okanogan, J. E. Miller,
Musser Forests, Asgrow, Inter-State, Willis, Shumway, and more. Julie
sells various items on eBay under the name
of John Rezelman, of Bath, New York, by
his daughters. Mr. Rezelman graduated from Cornell University College
of Agriculture in 1941. At Cornell he met Mary Ellen Gillett, they
were married in 1942. They moved to Bath where he served as
Steuben County Manager for Farm Credit Association of Olean for 38
years. He was very proud to have "traveled extensively -- in Steuben
County" and knew its roads, agriculture and farmers well. John amassed
an extensive collection of books, magazines and other ephemera related
to farming and horticultural topics. He was passionate about
gardening and sustainable living, and very creative at making things
and working with wood. A gifted cartoonist, writer and poet, in 2010
he published a book on the history of potato farming in Steuben
County, a story he very much wanted to have preserved. We are honored
to help the family preserve his agricultural library as well as his memory.
Click here for a list
of titles donated.
Sobel has donated several early 20th century agricultural
textbooks and other agricultural literature. Ted retired from Cornell
University working his career in Agricultural Engineering. He operates
THE COUNTRY STORE which includes The White Church Cabin in
Brooktondale, New York, where their motto is "Items
of Old-Fashioned Practical Value" and sells on eBay as
Additionally he started an organization called Babbage's Basement
which works to recycle computers and electronics, keeping them out of
landfills and in the hands of folks who could not otherwise afford the
technology. He has retired from Babbages to operate The Store, but
Babbages still lives on. You can read more about this work at
Walker donated several
of Agriculture copies and several
miscellaneous horticulture related titles to the library.
- Although ownership of
Victory Seed Company
has been passed to the Whitinger Family in Texas, Mike founded the
company from his family's farm in Oregon. Mike's life still revolves
around family, history, research, gardening, and of course, seed
variety preservation. He donates his time to developing and
maintaining this web resource.
Kurt Harlan of
Lasting Impressions Networks - Back in 2000, Kurt donated
his talents to help us with the initial setup of our Linux server and
got Mike Dunton motivated to learn Linux and Apache. Kurt provides
great support for both home users and business clients. Contact him at
the link above.
R. "Jim" Huber - Jim, now deceased, had been interested in agricultural history for
years. He was the motivating force behind the republication of
A. W. Livingston's book, "Livingston and the Tomato".
Within the local Reynoldsburg, Ohio area, he was involved with
the Livingston House and worked with a local state historical
farm. He donated many scans to the archive.
LeHoullier - Dr. LeHoullier, a chemist by training and profession,
developed an interest in gardening at a young age while spending time
in his grandfather's garden. His interest in gardening coupled
with his scientific nature led him to work evaluating hybrid
performance to that of heirlooms. He eventually focused almost
exclusively on researching and evaluating family and commercially
released historical varieties. Probably his most well known
introduction is the tomato variety, 'Cherokee Purple'. Along
with his contributions of catalog images to this site, Craig has
supplied mother stock seed to the
Victory Seed Company for many of the
Livingston tomatoes as well as numerous other old varieties.
Several of his own stabilized tomato crosses were introduced
commercially by Victory Seeds as well.
Inangelo - Melanie is involved with heirloom seeds and is a SSE
member from Maine. She also collects old seed catalogs and other
horticulture reference books.
Pendergrass - David farmed land that had been in his family for
many generations in Middle Tennessee. He was deeply
interested in historical agriculture and collected old tools, catalogs and
publications to aide in his hands-on research. David raised seed for the
Victory Seed Company. Several of those varieties
were heirlooms from his family and others
are old commercially released varieties that although once popular,
particularly in the Southern States,
but that had become commercially rare.
Funding and Support For
This Project Provided By:
The Victory Horticultural Group, LLC
works to keep family heirlooms and interesting commercially
released seed varieties available to home gardeners. Their
seeds can be purchased at the
Victory Seed Company.
Victory Horticultural Group, LLC provides the physical library assets, office space, internet connection, electricity, and the manpower to
maintain the web site and keep it running.